In this post we will cover how the WTA Tour ranking points and prize money are allocated, and what the schedule of play is for the women’s singles draw. The total prize money for this tournament is 2 million US dollars, with the winner of the women’s singles final in Rome taking home 350,000 of that.
Pictured above is 2009 Roland Garros singles champion Svetlana Kuznetsova JUST about to make contact with the ball for this forehand drive. The 24 year old Kuznetsova was the runner-up again in Rome last year after making the final in 2007 as well.
The 1.74m Russian will be hoping that it is 3rd time lucky for her in Rome this year and will be relying on her mighty forehand to close out her opponents. Rome is one of 5 Premier FIVE category events, so together with the 4 Premier Mandatory events you have the women’s equivalent to the men’s 9 ATP Tour World Masters 1000 tournaments.
The WTA ranking points and prize money for the women’s tournament is awarded to the players in the following way:
- The winner earns 800 points + $350,000;
- The runner-up earns 550 points + 175,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 350 + $87,500;
- The four quarter finalists earn 200 + $40,000,
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 110 + $20,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 60 + $10,275;
- The players who lose in the 1st round earn 1 point + $5,400.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn 1,500 US dollars and receive 1 ranking point. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn 2,900 US dollars and 20 points. The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 30 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their first match, only earn 1 point.
Did you know that the wild cards in women’s tennis are far more valuable than they are in men’s tennis? In men’s tennis wild cards entrants who lose 1st round do NOT receive any world ranking points. Last year in Rome 3 wild cards into the main draw went Italian women – Karin Knapp, Tathiana Garbin & Roberta Vinci who all lost in the 1st round each received 1 WTA ranking point.
In the 2009 Rome qualifying event the 5 players who received wild cards into qualifying, lost in the 1st round. Each of these players also received 1 WTA ranking point. They were 4 Italians – Claudia Giovine, Martina Trevisan, Nastassya Burnett and Romina Oprandi plus 1 Russian – Maria Shamayko.
In men’s tennis qualifying wild cards entrants do NOT receive any points if they lose 1st round and neither do main draw wild cards if they also lose in the 1st round.
Serena Williams was the only 1 of the Top 8 seeds who lost their first match. Serena lost in the 2nd round because all of the Top 8 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round. Serena was also awarded only 1 WTA ranking point because she did not win a match, so is treated the same as a player who loses in the 1st round.
The matches each day are played in a day session starting at 1pm local time in Rome and in the night session beginning at 8:30pm. This is true for the main draw matches held each day from Sunday May 2 through to Thursday May 6. On Friday 7 May the 1st semi final will begin at 4pm and the Women’s Singles Final will also start at 4pm.
This tournament begins on Friday 30 April and is played everyday through to and including Saturday 8 May, which is the day of the Women’s Singles Final. The first two days of the tournament feature the qualifying event and there are no night sessions. The qualifying event is held on both 30 April and 1 May with play commencing at 10am on both days.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, in which case we will update you of the changes in later posts of these changes.
The schedule of play for the women’s singles event at Rome is:
- Friday 30 April: 1st round of Qualifying from 10am;
- Saturday 1 May: Qualifying 2nd round from 10am;
- Sunday 2 May: Main Draw 1st round from 1pm & 8:30pm;
- Monday 3 May: 1st round from 1pm & 8:30pm;
- Tuesday 4 May: 2nd round from 1pm & 8:30pm;
- Wednesday 5 May: Round of 16 from 1pm & 8:30pm;
- Thursday 6 May: Quarter Finals from 1pm & 8:30pm;
- Friday 7 May: Semi Finals from 4pm; and
- Saturday 8 May: The Women’s Singles Final at 4pm.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Rome for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details ->Rome 2010: April 24 – May 8.
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